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5 Tips to Taking Great Pictures

It’s not like the old days when you had to remember to bring your camera. Now days almost everyone has a camera with them every second of the day. That fact does not always mean we get the shot we had hoped for. Here are some tips to help ensure your photos are worth the save.

1. Use grid view, so you are sure to have a straight line to balance the photo against.

Grid view superimposes lines onto the screen that break it into 9 smaller squares. This allows the user to snap a straight photo with balanced content more easily.

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2. The “magic of three” applies to almost everything.

Plants look more natural planted in threes. Flowers look better in a vase in odd numbers, too. Similarly, if you think of the gridded screen as three parts and balance your content, the photo will look more naturally appealing. 

 Pro Tip: Don’t have your subject fill the entire screen. Leave some negative space, about two-thirds. This will make your photos standout and have a sense of place.

3. Tap your screen where you want it to focus the lens.

This will also give your photo a focal point for lighting.

Pro Tip: Avoid using a flash. Flash lighting can make subjects seem unnatural and often applies a harsh light. It is better to adjust the lighting in the room or tap different places on the phone’s screen to find a better lighting point.

4. Choose an unusual angle.

Tired of the vacation pics of people standing in front of landmarks? Try reinterpreting that story. Take a wide angle picture of someone with their back to the camera next to the signpost or monument or interacting with a particular facet of the landmark or object. Natural scenes are much more visually interesting than staged “grin shots”.

5. Get a wide angle and macros lens for your phone.

We like Xenvo Pro Lens Kit. For just $40 it fits all kinds of phones and takes pretty good wide angle shots without creating that fish-eye look. It also comes with a macros lens so you can take shots really close up.

Pro Tip: If you are an advanced user and know your way around Photoshop, try using an app on your phone that uses a technique called bracketing. Bracketing takes multiple photos at once using different exposures. In this way it can resolve issues  This allows the user to combine the pics in Photoshop into one photo where everything is exposed at the correct level. Here is one from Camera +2

Lisa Smith